Rachel Keown Burke

Rachel Keown Burke

Rachel Keown Burke is a playwright, director, and performer. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking in 2008, studying cinematography and screenwriting, she moved to L.A., where she worked in camera departments on many projects, and for a short time as a writer’s assistant. Rachel now resides in southeast MI, with her husband and daughter. She has...
Rachel Keown Burke is a playwright, director, and performer. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking in 2008, studying cinematography and screenwriting, she moved to L.A., where she worked in camera departments on many projects, and for a short time as a writer’s assistant. Rachel now resides in southeast MI, with her husband and daughter. She has performed and directed on Stagecrafters 2nd Stage, as well as Outvisible Theatre’s New Works Festival, and the Little Theatre Guild in MO. Her original script, Unobtainable Calm, which she also directed, received its premiere at Planet Ant Theatre during BoxFest Detroit, an event for female-identifying directors to produce new works. In September of 2019, Rachel was awarded a playwrighting residency with The MITTEN Lab in Bear Lake, MI, co-founded by producer Rachel Sussman and director Katherine Carter. In late fall of 2019, Rachel attended Jeff Daniel's Purple Rose Theatre Company in the Actor/Director Lab as a director, and in spring 2020, will have a directing internship at the PRTC under the guidance of Guy Sanville.

Plays

  • Book'd
    1pm-3pm is the complimentary wine-and-cheese reception at the Halcyon House Bed and Breakfast in the Outer Banks, NC. It is 2:30pm, and Hylie, Gina, and Shelley find themselves battling gravity as they discuss dildos sculpted from driftwood, subungual hematomas, the sadly unrecognized delicious pairing of McDonald's french fries with frankenhoney, and Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Joker.
  • Lois Bipolar and the Esoteric Scotch Tapes
    A woman compartmentalizes her personality and her own perceived role within her family in order to hide a devastating genetic trait that may or may not be passed down to her daughter. She also enjoys Breaking Bad, popcorn, and call-in shows on NPR.
  • Unobtainable Calm
    A man has been living with a haunting sound in his head for nearly half a decade and now seeks to find peace from the woman who was there during the night of a disturbing event.